La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France. We chose it while on the road, moving home, from Ireland to France with 2 dogs and 7 cats in the car.
This blog began its insignificant life as a recipe book for friends and family who would ask me repeatedly for a recipe of this, that and the other.
Since then it has taken many different directions, like gypsies tend to do. Sometimes making a U-turn and revisiting familiar roads and taking a break when necessary.
You'll find recipes here, but also musings about the places we've called home, the gardens that we've established, not always successfully, the homes we've improved and the environments we've lived in. Currently, that is back in Ireland.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

And then the sun came out.

Check the weather forecast. Sunny, 19°C, no rain ! Well, thank you !  It is about time.
Over the last week or so the only thing I wanted to do was curl up on the sofa with a blanket pulled over myself (head included)


Today, I could get the cushions of the outdoor lounge out. Hauling them all the way from the garage downstairs, up and out.


I know that tonight I'll have to take the cushions in again....

That the cats will all come indoors, again ....

And I will disappear under my blanket on the sofa..... again.

But for now... all is well.
Patricia xxx...x


Saturday, June 02, 2012

It's that time of year again. Elderflowers.


Rather unashamedly I link you to this recipe on my own blog  for elderflower champagne . I just cannot believe that the post is from May, 2007 and that I haven't made it since then. 
Well we are lucky to have elder near us which is clean enough to use, so I have flowers 'soaking' at this moment.
It's a must try for anyone who can get to elderflowers. 

Hiccup !
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